The cause of an early Friday morning fire that destroyed an abandoned house in downtown Hamlet is under investigation.
Firefighters were dispatched to the 100 block of Hamlet Street around 12:45 a.m. Flames were shooting through the roof , and a neighboring house was just beginning to catch fire. The Hamlet Fire Department knocked those flames down with minimal damage. They were assisted by the Knox and Koontz Lake Volunteer Fire Departments. An investigator from the state fire marshal’s office will be out Monday to determine the cause and origin of the fire. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hamlet Police Department.